Direct Rail Services' charity open day is set to take place in Carlisle this summer.

The open day shows behind the scenes at one of the UK’s leading rail freight operators and is an event for all the family.

Visitors will get to look around the company’s maintenance depot in Carlisle, sit in the driver’s seat of a variety of locomotives, ask questions to industry experts and much more. There will also be a naming ceremony for the locomotives and their new nameplates unveiled.

Tickets cost £7.13 (including booking fee) for adults with under 16s free. The £5 ticket price is used to aid UK charities and other deserving community causes.

Gates at DRS’s Kingmoor depot will open at 10am on Saturday, July 6 and close at 4pm.

DRS is part of Nuclear Transport Solutions (NTS), and Gottfried Eymer, managing director of rail at NTS, said: "I’m thrilled that we’re able to host the fantastic open day this year. This will be my first open day and I am very excited to welcome guests to this wonderful family experience.   

"The money raised from the open day goes to help charities, community projects and good causes across the country and we’re really proud of the support we provide through this fabulous event."